Spotlight: The BMW 5 Series With four decades of history behind it, the BMW 5 Series is a true icon in the automotive world. Redesigned for the 2011 model year, the BMW 5 Series continues to be the bench mark in the mid-size sports sedan market. Having the lineage of the 5 Series [...]
Spring Cleaning for Your Car: Ten Steps to Extend the Life of your Ride
Spring Cleaning for Your Car: Ten Steps to Extend the Life of your Ride Whether tomorrow will feel springlike or not is a mystery even the weatherman may not be able to fully predict. But one thing is for sure: Spring is coming, and with it the not-too-unpleasant chore of sprucing up your [...]
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With four decades of history behind it, the BMW 5 Series is a true icon in the automotive world. Redesigned for the 2011 model year, the BMW 5 Series continues to be the bench mark in the mid-size sports sedan market.
Having the lineage of the 5 Series makes continually updating and improving this model a challenge for BMW, but they are more than up to the task.
The latest 5 Series is built from the ground up with innovation at top of mind.
“…the new version clearly is intended to be (and is) more of a driver's car than the former (E60) version that was sold through 2010. At the same time, BMW has made some serious steps toward making the latest 5er more fuel-efficient without compromising performance,” says Ben Halvorson, deputy editor of The Car Connection.
“The model also comes with Auto Start/Stop technology, which smartly shuts off the engine at stoplights, along with Brake Energy Regeneration and other fuel-saving tech, to yield EPA ratings of 23 mpg city, 34 highway.”
Having so much technology and innovative features doesn’t take away from the pure driving pleasure that is the BMW 5 Series.
“Despite all the onboard electronics and sensors, BMW keeps it real—or at least feeling that way.
"The electric power steering in the new BMW 5-Series is the best you’ll find in a sedan its size; it has a great, natural sensation on center and plenty of road feel in tight corners. Even more confidence-inspiring—and making the 5-Series come across as a smaller, more tossable car—is BMW’s Integral Active Steering, which steers the rear wheels slightly in the opposite direction below about 35 mph, or in the same direction at higher speeds, to either help enhance stability or aid parking,” says Halvorson.
Driving is as much about the driver as it is the vehicle, so comfort is key. The 5 Series doesn’t disappoint.
“On the driver's side, the cockpit wraps around you without feeling narrow or confining. Accessible controls let you adjust the well-sculpted seat 10 ways, fine-tune your driving position and save the settings easily” says a review by Edmuds.com.
“The rear seat offers an extra half-inch of knee room, and you can get a 60/40 split-folding seatback, a pass-through and a ski bag as options. Trunk volume is up appreciably, to a class-leading 18.2 cubic feet, easily bettering the Mercedes E-Class and Audi A6's 15.9 cubic feet."
To learn more about the BMW 5 Series, contact BMW Gallery, book a test drive and discover for yourself what this living icon is all about.
Whether tomorrow will feel springlike or not is a mystery even the weatherman may not be able to fully predict. But one thing is for sure: Spring is coming, and with it the not-too-unpleasant chore of sprucing up your ride and undoing the ravages of winter. Here’s a quick ten point checklist:
Exterior Wash and Wax Chances are, four months of sand, grit, and plain old dirt have formed an abrasive film on your vehicle. Now is the time to wash away that slurry, and get a hard coat of wax onto the finish.
Undercarriage Cleaning There may be pounds of grit impacted in your undercarriage, damaging the rubber seals of your suspension joints and shock absorbers. So a quick trip to a commercial car wash, or a session with a power washer, are an important part of Spring cleaning
Seasonal Tire Changeover Your winter tires are ideal for icy weather, but their chunky tread and cold-oriented rubber compound will wear down quickly in warm weather. So Spring is the time to make your best guess as to the year’s final snowfall, and then change over to quieter, smoother riding, and longer lasting summer tires. Need knowledgeable tire help? Call us anytime.
Check Tire Inflation Once your tires are correct for the season, you’ll want to periodically check inflation. Why? Because tire pressure varies considerably during the summer as you drive and then let the tires cool. Once a week should do it—check your Owner’s Manual or call us for recommended pressures. One final Tip: don’t forget to top up the air in your spare tire.
Oil Change That amber fluid is the lifeblood of your car, and winter alternately chills and cooks oil brutally. So an oil change at the end of each winter is a must. We can handle the task, or provide the oil filter and oil for do-it-yourselfers.
Recondition Upholstery Leather or Fabric The same gritty conditions of winter have probably sprinkled the equivalent of sandpaper on your upholstery. So take a few minutes to vacuum thoroughly, and then to condition your upholstery, whether it be fabric, vinyl, or leather. By the way, we carry the exact conditioners you need for your vehicle— feel free to stop by.
Coolant Flush or Top-Up Paradoxically, in cold weather your coolant must work harder, since it is coursing through the heater core of your vehicle. So this Spring may be the time for a coolant flush, or at the very least a top-up. Contact our Service Department to find out which.
Interior Carpeting-- Vacuum and Shampoo Run a hand over those floor mats. Do you feel all the grit of a gravel pit ground into them? Now is the time for a thorough vacuuming and shaking of your mats, and a good shampooing of the carpeting. Tip: nothing gives kids more joy than wailing on an inanimate object, so don’t hesitate to let your little ones become merciless “carpet beaters!”
Get that Boot ready for Summer! Those skates, parkas, shovels, and bags of rock salt will only take up space this summer and make rattling noises, all while abrading your trunk liner. So why not move them to the garage, and make room for beach chairs and coolers?
Scheduled Service We’ll end with the most important recommendation of all: nothing will extend the life of your vehicle after a hard winter as much as our hawk-eyed technicians performing a scheduled service. So give us a call or drop us an email. We’d love to see you and pamper your baby.
Note: Remember that many service intervals are based on either mileage driven or time passed—even a car that sees few miles accrues service needs with each passing month.